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Not content with being Time's Person of the Year and scoring a Rolling Stone cover, Pope Francis has now achieved superhero status, at least in the eyes of graffiti artist Maupal.

Tensions ease in Bangkok as police allow protesters into government compound

Government order puts an end to days of violent clashes, but protest leader vows to fight on until Prime Minister stands down

A protester throws back a tear-gas canister during clashes with police near Government House in Bangkok

Police fend off mass protests in Bangkok

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters try to seize key sites in the Thai capital

Thai anti-government protesters climb a gate into the Royal Thai Army Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand

Thai protesters storm army headquarters in growing attempts to topple PM Yingluck Shinawatra

Protesters in Thailand stormed onto the grounds of the national army headquarters on Friday, breaking into their latest high-profile target in a bid to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Berlusconi and Shinawatra: The billionaires who love power more than money

Both earned the lasting enmity of their political establishments yet remained popular

Ukraine’s divide over Europe is not just between East and West, but big business versus the individual

For Ukraine’s businessmen, integration no longer means gaining a new market, but losing a most important one

A fan inspects the damage at the partly finished Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, where two people died in an accident

World Cup 2014 stadium collapse: Deaths in Sao Paulo Arena Corinthians add to worries ahead of tournament

Fifa concerned at slow construction pace and Brazilian public’s protests over costs

Iraqis make their way through the flooded streets of Baghdad after last week’s storm. Many people have criticised the response from central and provincial authorities

Ten years after the invasion: Iraq helpless under rain of terror

Saddam Hussein may have gone but, for many poor Iraqis, little has improved. Now a devastating flood has left villagers homeless and there is precious little government support

Speaker John Bercow: 'the virtual corpse has staged an unexpected recovery'

Bored MPs fiddled their expenses as a 'displacement activity' because Parliament had become irrelevant, says John Bercow

MPs fiddled their expenses as a “displacement activity” because Parliament had become irrelevant and ineffective, Commons Speaker John Bercow has said.

Protesters face a police barricade near the parliament buildings in Bangkok

Thailand protests: Long shadow of the 'Thaksin regime' prompts new crackdowns in Bangkok

Protesters overrun government ministries in an attempt to topple Yingluck Shinawatra, prompting the Prime Minister to declare a new emergency security law

Old ties: Ed Miliband talks to former group Co-op chairman Len Wardle in Downing Street in 2010

Exclusive: Ed Miliband says David Cameron's Tories in the gutter as 2015 election strategist Lynton Crosby pushes party towards the politics of division

Labour fears dirtiest Conservative campaign in 20 years, as Attorney General withdraws attack on Pakistani community

On the agenda: Batkid; Rob Ford; Breaking Bad; All Saints reunion; Christmas gifts

Middle-class problems: Christmas presents

Attorney General Dominic Grieve has said politicians must 'wake up' to the problem on corruption in some minority communities

Politicians must 'wake up' to corruption in Pakistani and ethnic minority communities says Attorney General Dominic Grieve

Conservative MP Dominic Grieve has claimed that some immigrant communities 'come from backgrounds where corruption is endemic'

Dr Zahi Hawass with Beyoncé during the singer's visit to the pyramids earlier this month

'Rude' Beyoncé banned from Pyramids by 'Egypt's Indiana Jones'

The controversial archaeologist Zahi Hawass reveals how her lateness led to upset

There have been pledges to clamp down on torture in China before - in 2009, 1,800 policemen were suspended for torturing inmates

Supreme Court rules China must stop using torture to extract confessions

'Illegal methods must be eliminated', court statement says, but human rights activists say any change remains to be seen

I said Hull was the worst town in the UK in my Crap Towns book, but now I’m queuing to visit

The city has even, I was told, got rid of its notorious pong

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Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
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Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

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It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

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UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
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Welcome to the world of Megagames

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Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before